Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

The name Shepherd Mutamba is not new to the writing and arts world. A journalist by profession, he once served as publicity manager for the late music superstar and national hero, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi. ...

AFRO-jazz sensation, Edith “WeUtonga” Katiji is set to raise the country’s flag high at this year’s sixth edition of the prestigious five-day long Visa for Music Festival set for November 20 to 24 in Rabat, Morocco. ...

TALENTED and energetic drummer and choreographer Delroy “Scara The Drummer” Maripakwenda will showcase his skills at this year’s edition of the Harare Colour Sprint set for August 24 at the Borrowdale Racecourse in Harare. ...

SOUTH Africa-based Zimbabwean poet and musician, Bongani Mncube has blasted the neighbouring country’s government of leaping into the deference of the local government by denouncing that the planned August 16 demonstrations by the opposition, MDC over economic and political crisis. ...

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GOSPEL musician Mathias Mhere yesterday said the success of his latest album, Greater than Solomon, demands that he holds a celebratory concert in the Harare Gardens on September 7. ...

ORGANISERS of the annual talent show, DreamStar Zimbabwe, have upped the stakes for this year’s edition by increasing the prize money ahead of the grand finale set for August 31 at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC). ...

It’s been two weeks of fresh starts for songbird Lira. ...

CHILO Gorge Lodge is on the north-eastern tip of Gonarezhou National Park, the Save River forming a natural boundary between the lodge and the park. ...

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday honoured the late playwright, educationist and multi-talented artist, Stephen Joel Chifunyise (pictured), by according him a State-assisted funeral in recognition of his immense contribution to the development of the country’s educational and cultural sectors. ...

THE ninth edition of the Miss Zimbabwe-Zambia beauty pageant which had been scheduled for July has been postponed indefinitely as the contest’s anchor sponsor was struggling to pull together the targeted funding against the backdrop of a contracting economy. ...

DENDERA crooner Tryson Chimbetu has turned a new leaf in his career after signing a two- year brand management agreement with a local public relations and reputation management company, Esteem Communications. ...

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CELEBRITY couple Njabulo “Tytan” Nkomo and Olinda Chapel, whose marriage was largely lived on social media, have now officially split after a series of public spats, with Tytan alleging domestic violence. ...

Stanley Nyamfukudza (SN) is one of Zimbabwe’s longest established writers whose 1980 publication, The Non-believer’s Journey, is centred on the war of liberation against colonialism. ...

YESTERYEAR kwaito star Sikhululekile “Skhu” Mpofu said the trauma of going through divorce just after giving birth kept her away from the limelight and nearly derailed her music career, but is now back with a new song. ...

AFRO-FUSION musician Brity Yonly (pictured) has bemoaned how popularity in showbiz is hardly matched by earnings due to a raft of problems, chief among them piracy, which she said stripped musicians of their livelihood. ...

LEGENDARY playwright and multi-talented artist Stephen Joel Chifunyise, who died at 70 on Monday after a long battle with cancer, was an influential creative who wore many hats and contributed to the development of local theatre. ...

ANTU Foundation on Monday donated books to St Columbus High School and Robert Tredgold Primary School in Bulawayo to empower pupils and enhance cultural pride within the community. ...

SOUTH Africa-based filmmaker, writer and designer Wizzy Mangoma has released her fourth book on amazon.com — Singing for the Falling Leaves — motivated by the desire to unearth mental health problems affecting people due to economic hardships in the country. ...

IMAGINE a football match where you only find footballers and no fans, media or any other stakeholders. The stakeholders will be insisting that their presence does not matter. The footballers would just play because of passion, even with no spectators around. ...

AFRO-FUSION musician Ernest “Nesto” Mnandi, who topped the charts with his song, My Chocolate, 11 years ago said he was now eyeing the bigger music platforms as his video Bidibiba is now on rotation on Trace Africa. ...
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THERE is no doubt that the most popular social media platforms locally, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, have become the major media for personal and business communication, marketing and sharing of content. ...

AFRO-JAZZ songbird Edith “WeUtonga” Katiji yesterday said although it has been over 10 years since she cheated death following a tragic car accident in 2009, she is still dealing with the trauma which has seen her avoiding the wheel. ...

A POLYGAMOUS Buhera man who claimed to have broken into two houses and stole clothes worth over $1 600 to raise money to treat one of his two wives who has a mental problem has been jailed for an effective 15 months. ...

FAST-rising dancehall musician Nutty O has roped in contemporary singer Jah Prayzah in a new song titled Mbakumba. ...

SUPERMODEL Nomatter Mazvihwa (20), who was crowned Miss Kwekwe at a colourful pageant held at King Solomon’s Hotel in Kwekwe on Saturday, has undertaken to fight for the rights of the girl child in the Midlands mining town. ...

THE world’s greatest Dutch visual artist Rembrandt van Rhijn will be remembered through an exhibition to be held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare and Bulawayo, courtesy of the Netherlands embassy under the theme @350 Exhibition. ...

NATIONAL Arts Council board member and author Ruby Magosvongwe has encouraged local writers to contribute to the development of policies that deal with the arts and culture industry. ...